Police hunt man after Christmas Eve robbery

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The male victim was attacked on Christmas Eve

POLICE are hunting a man after a Chritsmas Eve shopper was subjected to an attempted mugging in a supermarket car park.

The male shopper was only able to escape after another customer approached and forced the attacker to leave empty handed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the robbery in the car park of Asda in Sandpiper Drive, Edinburgh.

The male victim had just got out his car at around 3.50pm when the attack happened.

He was forced to the back of the vehicle by a man described as being in his mid-50s who demanded money.

The suspect said he had a knife, and the victim reported feeling a hard object pressed against his side.

The victim did not actually see any blade during the attack.

Police say the mugger walked off empty handed after another customer approached car nearby the scene.

The suspect is described as being around 5’ 6’’ and of a heavy build, with short, balding, greying brown hair.

He was wearing a black fleece jacket  and appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs, police said.

A Lothian and Borders Police statement said: “Police are keen to hear from any witnesses in Asda or the Asda car park around this time who may have any information regarding the suspect or incident itself.”

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